“There’s no need to be ashy.” This directive from Chicago-based Hanahana Beauty comes as a perfect reminder as colder months approach and protecting our skin from the city’s bristling wind becomes a high priority. The conscious skincare and wellness brand has come a long way since its founder Abena Boamah-Acheampong began making the brand’s signature […]
At her Rogers Park storefront Susan Hat, Susan Abelson creates hats from recycled materials
“You have to have balls to wear my hats!” she says.
An Andersonville shopkeeper redefines retail therapy
At Martha Mae, Jean Cate fights her demons by inviting customers into a total work of art.
The Chicago Police Department is recruiting black and Hispanic candidates, and other news
Also, a study of local high school students shows that studying music changes the teenage brain.
Kim Foxx makes big change days after being sworn in as Cook County state’s attorney, and other Chicago news
Also, a CNBC host and entrepreneur has purchased a majority stake in Bow Truss coffee.
The chilling details about Tyshawn Lee’s alleged killer and other Chicago news
Also, a new poll shows strong support for Trump in the burbs, and retail is booming in the Loop.
A leaner, yuppier Walmart arrives downtown
With the opening of its first downtown store, Walmart sticks its foot firmly through the city’s door.
Hooray for abysmal labor conditions—we’re getting Walmarted
People who are so excited about Walmart’s growth in Chicago aren’t thinking about what it really means for workers.
Not Everybody Is Cut Out for Shoplifting
How can these shoplifting kids do better in the future?
Store Closing: Zola Jones
A local designer decides to stop being a storekeeper.
Macy’s Is Safe in Chicago—For Now
Retail analysts predict a depressing year of store closings—or do they?
Clothes You Can’t Buy Online
Not everything can be had with the click of a mouse.
Black Friday Blues
Signs point to a so-so holiday retail season, except for one brand beloved of a certain White House occupant.
Time Out Chicago is reporting that five-year-old Wicker Park boutique Hejfina is closing, due to owner Heiji Choy Black’s growing family and concerns about the economy. Remind me never to go into retail—I was just telling a friend this weekend that I thought entrenched stores with a very fashion-aware clientele and loyal customer base, like […]
What happens to “luxury” in a bargain-bin economy
The hidden cost of discounts.